Want to be in an opera?
You don’t have to know how to sing to perform in an opera! We have plenty of opportunities for non-singing, non-speaking parts throughout the season. If you love the idea of dressing in fanciful costumes and being among nationally-acclaimed opera performers, then consider being a Supernumerary!
What is a Super?
A Super (short for Supernumerary), is the opera’s version of a movie extra. Throughout the season, we are always looking for people to play soldiers, servants, guards, villagers and other whimsical characters during a performance. While the main performers are singing, the Supers are performing important tasks such as changing the position of props on the stage.
What should I expect at rehearsal?
At the beginning of a rehearsal, the director will begin staging the scheduled scene. Simply follow the director’s instructions as long as you are comfortable or able to do so safely. If you are not, please let the director or stage manager know right away. When the rehearsal is complete, be sure to make some notes of where you should be on the stage and review them before your next rehearsal.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movements, comfortable, flat-soled shoes that are secure on your feet, and a layer to keep warm. Avoid flip flops and strong perfumes that could cause allergic reactions among other performers.
What should I bring?
Be sure to bring a few snacks and something to drink. There is some downtime between scenes, so you’ll want to have something to keep your busy such as a crossword puzzle or a few games on your mobile device.
Basic Stage Directions
When you face the audience, your right hand is toward Stage Right, your left hand is toward Stage Left, in front of you is Down Stage, behind you is Up Stage. The Stage Manager’s console is Stage Right. The loading dock is Stage Left. The Pit is Down Stage. The Back Wall is Up Stage. These labels are always the same on the stage – no matter what direction you are facing.